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The Global Environmental Social Business (GESB) and its Hungarian representative DVD - Socially and Environmentally Aware Project and Business Development LLC(DVD LLC, Hungary) greets its visitors at www.gesb.eu. The webpage is continuously under construction so please return periodically for any news, products and events.

 

Our enterprise has made it its goal to create a market that assures for the partners the possibility to overcome the hardship dictated by the rise in energy need and energy poverty. Furthermore, to help our clients create a sustainable and decent home.  We do all this by entering in active partnership with programmes at the national, international and European level which have a positive impact either socially or environmentally. The company builds partnerships for energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, housing, financing, information dissemination programmes. As an integrated company we do have a share in cultural and scientific work and we have started to support documentaries, art movie projects, research into psychology and sociology. We can also mention developments like supporting medical research programmes and to outline our environmental goals we work together with universities and partners from the science field on environmental studies.

 

Besides our green involvement a very important characteristic of our company is that as a social business it does not strive for extra profit and short term investment returns. As sustainability is one of our major principles we reinvest our earnings in new projects so the number of the people affected by the positive impact of our projects can grow. Our company’s inner policy dictates that we guarantee equal opportunities for all as an anti-discriminitive principle. We do this because we cannot imagine sustainable development without an integrated society where differences are streams of creating value.

 

In January 2008 the Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus introduced a new concept in the business lexicon; the social business. He defines this type of company as one that strives for social inclusion in its business target and does not spread the gains among the shareholders but rather it reinvests these gains. There is a second definition for this concept when the people included as clients in the social business can gain micro share in these companies and by these shares they can gain ownership and profit. In 2005 when we created our pilot company in Hungary this was exactly our goal. We wanted to try to create a company owned by private individuals and experiment to see whether it could work as a social business and be successfully developed. Our answer now after 7 years is, that although it is not a simple issue and there is a great need for enthusiasm, success is possible. All those goals and principles that were once a utopia today are more and more present in business circles. These were the equal opportunities for all, anti-discriminatory principles, environmental awareness, climate change, and the motivation of the social strata of society. These were mere dreams because no-one believed in them. Today we know that without equal opportunities for all we lose the much needed creative human resources. Climate change has a huge impact on the market and on the economy, both globally and regionally. The demand for energy grows every day and the majority of us belong to the middle to low income group. Today there is a general awareness that these “philanthropic” goals are existential issues and our daily income may depend on them.

 

We hope you will spend a pleasant time looking through our webpage by clicking on different menu points to get to know better the plans of our company, its goals and roles on different points of the globe, the people representing the company, the co-workers, its principles and the new possibilities for people searching for a job. You can download our material from our conferences and workshops in the news section. You can write to us and ask us questions and make comments, find out about our open programmes and how you can be at the events and of course you can also inform yourselves of our services.

Latest news

GESB winner of two green awards in the UK!

29 November 2011, 04:43 pm

GESB has been elected as winner of the “Energy saving initiative of the year” award under the “Retrofit South East Project”, also being elected as finalist for the “Sustainable housing finance” award during the Sustainable Housing Awards competition on 21 of October 2011 organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

 GESB

According to the organisers: these awards celebrate those projects that are at the vanguard of the housing sustainability best practice. This year’s awards were presented by the comedian, writer, actor and environmental campaigner Marcus Brigstocke and attracted over 550 people with a cross section of senior industry figures including representatives of government departments, chief executives of leading social housing providers and the representatives of the main trade and professional bodies.

 

GESB is delighted by this results and has to say thank you to all its local partners in the UK, in particular to Radian for their invaluable contribution to the green agenda.

 

On the 24 of November GESB was also elected as silver winner of the “Best sustainable investment” award during the International Green Awards 2011 competition. GESB entered the competition with its study and research on finance and developing the “Revolving Retrofit Guarantee Fund” to a conceptual phase before its implementation next year, under the “Retrofit South East Project”.

The event was organised at the Natural History Museum in London which provided a magnificent venue for this amazing ceremony.

 GESB

According to the judges on the panel: “this is a great idea targeting a large challenge with laudable social focus! One of the most cost-effective methods to reduce carbon emissions through improving the energy efficiency of the built environment, and on top of this the focus on fuel-poverty groups has an additional social benefit.”

 

According to Adrian Balaci director at GESB: we are both surprised and touched by the recognition we received so shortly after we started working in the UK some three years ago, especially since the projects are progressing now from the conceptual phase and research (for which we received the awards) to implementation in three different regions in the UK (south east, south west, Wales). We continue to believe that projects such as ours that focus on knowledge and know-how transfer from different parts of Europe to others are of crucial importance, and since financing the greening of our economy is one of the major challenge we all face, we are happy to share the knowledge we gained during the past decade in the CEE region. We are advocating here for a financing scheme that has great leverage potential and empowers both customers and private banks. And as we all know in these financially harsh times leverage is critical if we want to mainstream green investments while staying socially sensitive.

 GESB

He continued by adding: we have to thank our partners, without them nothing would be possible. Developing an affordable  financing scheme for both private, social and public property owners is an incredibly exciting work and our local partners are the drivers of this innovation.

Welcome!

The Global Environmental Social Business (GESB) and its Hungarian representative DVD - Socially and Environmentally Aware Project and Business Development LLC(DVD LLC, Hungary) greets its visitors at www.gesb.eu. The webpage is continuously under construction so please return periodically for any news, products and events.

 

Our enterprise has made it its goal to create a market that assures for the partners the possibility to overcome the hardship dictated by the rise in energy need and energy poverty. Furthermore, to help our clients create a sustainable and decent home.  We do all this by entering in active partnership with programmes at the national, international and European level which have a positive impact either socially or environmentally. The company builds partnerships for energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, housing, financing, information dissemination programmes. As an integrated company we do have a share in cultural and scientific work and we have started to support documentaries, art movie projects, research into psychology and sociology. We can also mention developments like supporting medical research programmes and to outline our environmental goals we work together with universities and partners from the science field on environmental studies.

 

Besides our green involvement a very important characteristic of our company is that as a social business it does not strive for extra profit and short term investment returns. As sustainability is one of our major principles we reinvest our earnings in new projects so the number of the people affected by the positive impact of our projects can grow. Our company’s inner policy dictates that we guarantee equal opportunities for all as an anti-discriminitive principle. We do this because we cannot imagine sustainable development without an integrated society where differences are streams of creating value.

 

In January 2008 the Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus introduced a new concept in the business lexicon; the social business. He defines this type of company as one that strives for social inclusion in its business target and does not spread the gains among the shareholders but rather it reinvests these gains. There is a second definition for this concept when the people included as clients in the social business can gain micro share in these companies and by these shares they can gain ownership and profit. In 2005 when we created our pilot company in Hungary this was exactly our goal. We wanted to try to create a company owned by private individuals and experiment to see whether it could work as a social business and be successfully developed. Our answer now after 7 years is, that although it is not a simple issue and there is a great need for enthusiasm, success is possible. All those goals and principles that were once a utopia today are more and more present in business circles. These were the equal opportunities for all, anti-discriminatory principles, environmental awareness, climate change, and the motivation of the social strata of society. These were mere dreams because no-one believed in them. Today we know that without equal opportunities for all we lose the much needed creative human resources. Climate change has a huge impact on the market and on the economy, both globally and regionally. The demand for energy grows every day and the majority of us belong to the middle to low income group. Today there is a general awareness that these “philanthropic” goals are existential issues and our daily income may depend on them.

 

We hope you will spend a pleasant time looking through our webpage by clicking on different menu points to get to know better the plans of our company, its goals and roles on different points of the globe, the people representing the company, the co-workers, its principles and the new possibilities for people searching for a job. You can download our material from our conferences and workshops in the news section. You can write to us and ask us questions and make comments, find out about our open programmes and how you can be at the events and of course you can also inform yourselves of our services.

Latest news

GESB winner of two green awards in the UK!

29 November 2011, 04:43 pm

GESB has been elected as winner of the “Energy saving initiative of the year” award under the “Retrofit South East Project”, also being elected as finalist for the “Sustainable housing finance” award during the Sustainable Housing Awards competition on 21 of October 2011 organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

 GESB

According to the organisers: these awards celebrate those projects that are at the vanguard of the housing sustainability best practice. This year’s awards were presented by the comedian, writer, actor and environmental campaigner Marcus Brigstocke and attracted over 550 people with a cross section of senior industry figures including representatives of government departments, chief executives of leading social housing providers and the representatives of the main trade and professional bodies.

 

GESB is delighted by this results and has to say thank you to all its local partners in the UK, in particular to Radian for their invaluable contribution to the green agenda.

 

On the 24 of November GESB was also elected as silver winner of the “Best sustainable investment” award during the International Green Awards 2011 competition. GESB entered the competition with its study and research on finance and developing the “Revolving Retrofit Guarantee Fund” to a conceptual phase before its implementation next year, under the “Retrofit South East Project”.

The event was organised at the Natural History Museum in London which provided a magnificent venue for this amazing ceremony.

 GESB

According to the judges on the panel: “this is a great idea targeting a large challenge with laudable social focus! One of the most cost-effective methods to reduce carbon emissions through improving the energy efficiency of the built environment, and on top of this the focus on fuel-poverty groups has an additional social benefit.”

 

According to Adrian Balaci director at GESB: we are both surprised and touched by the recognition we received so shortly after we started working in the UK some three years ago, especially since the projects are progressing now from the conceptual phase and research (for which we received the awards) to implementation in three different regions in the UK (south east, south west, Wales). We continue to believe that projects such as ours that focus on knowledge and know-how transfer from different parts of Europe to others are of crucial importance, and since financing the greening of our economy is one of the major challenge we all face, we are happy to share the knowledge we gained during the past decade in the CEE region. We are advocating here for a financing scheme that has great leverage potential and empowers both customers and private banks. And as we all know in these financially harsh times leverage is critical if we want to mainstream green investments while staying socially sensitive.

 GESB

He continued by adding: we have to thank our partners, without them nothing would be possible. Developing an affordable  financing scheme for both private, social and public property owners is an incredibly exciting work and our local partners are the drivers of this innovation.

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